Boring and Tasteless: The 2013 Oscar Broadcast
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Boring and tasteless are the two words that come to mind after watching last night’s Oscar ceremony. And, I include First Lady Michelle Obama’s vapid introduction to the Best Picture presentation.
The evening opened okay, with William Shatner making an appearance as Capt. Kirk of STAR TREK. The bit went on too long, however, and included Oscar host Seth MacFarlane, of FAMILY GUY and TED infamy, singing a tasteless song about female body parts.
Of course, leave it to MacFarlane making the Oscar telecast all about him and his performance, instead of about Hollywood and the wonderful world of cinema.
Be that as it may, the show went fast downhill from there.
More tasteless jokes followed, along with stretches of boring presentation after boring presentation, and lame celebrity appearances after lame celebrity appearances. Even Jack Nicholson was very boring. It didn’t help that the show cut back twice to First Lady Michelle Obama spouting platitudes about movies and love, complete with an insipid nod to those fellow travelers running the telecast and now seemingly in charge of Hollywood and the Democratic Party’s political zeitgeist.
The good news was that, except in a few cases, the Academy members eschewed giving awards to movies with graphic, explicit sex or nudity. However, it did embrace some movies with strong foul language, including Best Picture winner ARGO. Also, it embraced the Nazi sensibilities of the Austrian movie AMOUR, which resembles the infamous pro-euthanasia movie I ACCUSE created by Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.
Apparently, Hollywood’s worldview embraces juvenile vulgarity and death panels for senior citizens ala Obamacare.
Ironically, one of the highlights of the show was Shirley Bassey singing her hit song “Goldfinger.” The lyrics to the song seem fitting; maybe Hollywood’s elite should take them to heart:
“Such a cold finger beckons you to enter his web of sin. But, don’t go in!”
Another irony: Mrs. Obama gave the Best Picture award for ARGO, a movie about an attack on an American embassy, only months after four men were murdered on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 under President Obama’s watch at an American embassy in Libya.
History does then to repeat itself!